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- Object: Voyage Pittoresque de Naples et de Sicile
Jean-Claude Richard, Abbé de Saint-Non, "Voyage Pittoresque ou Description des Royaumes de Naples et de Sicile" (Paris) Volume 3 of 4, 1783; containing 117 prints of various sizes, including titlepage vignette engraved by Saint-Aubin after Fragonard, other vignettes and fleurons throughout, 3 double-page maps of southern Italy (or Magna Graecia), perspective views of ruins, churches, castles, towns and villages, other landscape and coastal views in the Kingdom of Naples including Capri, views and plans of the temples at Paestum, plan of the church of Santa Maria Maggiore at Nocera, and a double-page plate showing a fragment of the Peutinger Map (Carte Theodosienne). Bound with letterpress.
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Height: 510 millimetres (sheet size of each page)
Width: 330 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The "Voyage Pittoresque" was one of the most celebrated illustrated books of the eighteenth century. For the genesis of the project, see Antony Griffiths, "The Contract between Laborde and Saint-Non for the Voyage Pittoresque de Naples et de Sicile", Print Quarterly, Vol. 5, No. 4 (December 1988), pp. 408-414. The text for the four volumes in the series was published between 1781 and 1786; the plates were issued in livraisons from March 1778 onwards. All volumes (5 in total, Volume 4 being bound in two parts) are kept at 244.a.9 to 13 (see 1936,0519.1 to 5). Drawings by Louis Jean Desprez and Claude Louis Châtelet made in preparation for the project, and loose impressions of some prints from it, are kept at various locations in the collection.
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Associated Title: Voyage Pittoresque de Naples et de Sicile
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